Green geeks have been abuzz over Google's PowerMeter, the search engine's first foray into the smart grid industry, since it was announced this past February. Up until this point, we've only had a few details to work with, but now Google PowerMeter team member Tom Sly is tossing a few more bread crumbs.
Previously, we learned that the PowerMeter software takes information from smart meters and puts it online for homes to analyze and that internal testing has already begun. Google also recently revealed its confidence in the software. According to Google spokesman Jamie Yood, the search engine estimates that people will cut around five to 15% of their energy use just by having the information.
And now we know that PowerMeter will likely be released by the end of the year. In an interview posted today by Earth2Tech, Sly also revealed that Google is working with device manufacturers to produce a tool that mimics a smart meter—meaning people who only have standard electrical meters can still use PowerMeter.
Google won't, however, limit itself to working with one device manufacturer. "We don't do exclusive deals. We want to work with all meter manufacturers, device manufacturers," says Sly.
As with almost all Google products, PowerMeter will be free to the public.
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